Painting Garage Doors – Advice from The Decorologist

With the fall coming on and with it more temperate weather, now is a good time to think about painting garage doors. Yours could likely use a facelift, am I right? It’s a particularly important decision to make if the garage faces the road and is part of the overall view when facing the front of the home. I find that homeowners often fail to consider the different possibilities when painting garage doors. While there is no hard and fast rule for how and what to paint your garage doors, the color you choose will affect their prominence. Let me tell you what I mean:

There are a couple of reasons why you may want to tone down your garage doors. Maybe they are not particularly attractive or updated. If that’s the case, lessen their prominence by painting them out the same as the trim color so as not to draw undo attention to them. Here’s an example in a rendering of one of the exterior color palettes I created for LP SmartSide:



Another reason to downplay your garage doors would be if there are already several colors on the house. This can result in an choppy overall visual effect. So, you can paint the doors out the same as the body color of the house. Doing this will actually make your home appear larger, like this:

painting garage doors


You may have nice garage doors that you want to show off. When you have a light-colored body color, you can play up the garage doors by painting them a dark color like a rich brown or charcoal. Sometimes a deep, rich color makes even run-of-the-mill garage doors look pretty special.

dragons breath garage doors

garage doors – Benjamin Moore Dragons Breath by The Decorologist


Just be sure that the color you choose is not a new color to the overall scheme – it should tie in with your roof and maybe your shutters or trim. You can also paint the garage doors out in an accent color. I chose to do just that on the paneled wood carriage-style doors shown below. If you do choose a bolder accent color, be sure to repeat that same color on the shutters and perhaps the front door.

green garage doors

 garage doors – Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green 


I played up similar paneled garage doors (below) by painting them two colors – the lighter body color and the darker trim color. Painting them out like this really draws attention to their character and craftsmanship.

paneled carriage garage doors


My #1 Tip for Painting Garage Doors?

Here it is:  NEVER choose a garage door color that is not already a color in the overall scheme of your exterior. No matter how good looking your garage doors, you never want them to take precedence over your front door, and you certainly don’t want them sticking out like a sore thumb. How are your garage doors painted?

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4 thoughts on “Painting Garage Doors – Advice from The Decorologist

  1. Shannon says:

    Loved this article! As a house painter, I am going to refer my clients to this info-I’ve run into several who have very different ideas on what color to paint their garage doors. Hopefully, after reading this, they’ll reconsider. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kendall Ryder says:

    Making sure you choose a color that fits the style of the home is important! If not, you are going to end up with a garage door that does not look that great. You should make sure it goes well with the home in order to add character, as well as value, to your house!

  3. Jay says:

    I am agree with you. Because color combination is most important aspect of any painting project. And for garage door painting will depend on the color you choose for the house.

  4. Lee says:

    Great advice … its unfortunate that most homeowners don’t consider the points you mention. The color of a garage door should blend in nicely with the rest of the house as you have eloquently put 🙂

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